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In a state with roughly one hundred thousand lawyers, one might be surprised how disconnected and alone a practitioner can feel in Texas. But when you spread those numbers across more than a quarter million square miles, it becomes easy to understand why many attorneys struggle to connect with the larger community, find mentors, or receive meaningful support from an understanding community. Leveraging the power of social media, attorneys Andrew Tolchin and Michelle Cheng help to bridge the chasm by operating the Texas Lawyers Facebook group, which currently counts more than twelve thousand active Texas attorneys in its membership. State Bar of Texas Podcast host Rocky Dhir speaks with Andrew and Michelle to discuss the meaning of such a large, connected community, why it has succeeded, and some of the surprising things they’ve learned along the way.
Andrew Tolchin is the founder of the Texas Lawyers Facebook group. He is also a solo attorney and mediator and has previously served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.
Michelle Cheng is an administrator of the Texas Lawyers Facebook group. She is also a partner at Whitehurst, Harkness, Brees, Cheng, Alssafar, Higginbotham, and Jacob, PLLC and has previously served on the State Bar of Texas Board of Directors.
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